Arklow RNLI comes to assistance of two people onboard 14m sailing vessel
Arklow RNLI launched at approximately 11.45pm on Thursday last (19 August) following a Coast Guard request to assist two people onboard a sailing vessel which had lost propulsion.
The volunteer crew made their way to the lifeboat station and within minutes of the request were aboard the all-weather lifeboat Ger Tigchlearr and on route to the reported location some 17 miles south east of Arklow Harbour.
In moderate seas with a Force 3 south westerly breeze, the all- weather Trent class lifeboat made its way to the reported position and was on scene at approximately 1am.
Once on scene, the casualty vessel was located and it was confirmed that the vessel had suffered engine failure.
A tow line was set up and the large casualty vessel was towed back to Arklow where all hands came ashore safely at approximately 3.30am.
Arklow RNLI’s crew on this call out were Coxswain Ned Dillon, Brendan Dillon, Geoff Kearnes, Jimmy Myler, Sinead Myler,Craig O’Reilly and Michael Mordaunt.
Following the call out , Mark Corcoran, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Arklow RNLI said: 'Thanks once again to our volunteer crew , who at a moment's notice go to sea to assist others, whether day or night. We would ask everyone to please remember to respect the water.'
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.